The biggest safety concern most folks have with Facebook is that of privacy and confidentiality. Way too many people put way too much personal information on their Facebook pages and then let anyone in the world have a look. Failure to protect personal information has caused many people a lot of grief and heartache.
Police have been known to use information found on unsecured Facebook pages to bust people for all sorts of crimes. Employers regularly surf Facebook pages, looking for previously unknown information about their employees. Employees have been fired and students kicked out of school for posting malicious comments on Facebook. Facebook harassment and “cyber-bullying” can be a real problem. Just like online dating websites, people have gotten into deep trouble believing someone masquerading as someone they are not on Facebook.
The moral of this story is that, if you are going to be on Facebook, learn how to protect your personal information. Don’t believe everything you read. Research apps before installing them and simply use some common sense. Just like you do when driving your car down the highway, practice some Facebook safety and you’ll be fine.
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com